Saturday, April 2, 2016

Code Name Verity

Title: Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity #1)
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Pages: 332
Stars: 4
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After her plane crashed in France, "Verity" gets captured while the pilot, her best friend, escaped. In order to survive, Verity is forced to write the truth of what happened to her and what her mission was.

This book is told through Verity's written account of what her mission was. And, while I did like the book, I found it to be extremely slow. It took me forever to get through, and it never really sped up. There's only one or two pages I can think of that sped up to the point that I was truly immersed in the novel. The rest of the time I was simply waiting for the chapter to end. 

Pacing aside, I did like the book. My rating says as much. I love WWII novels, and it's awesome to see such a great one in YA fiction. The writing style was very exquisite as well, and the different character were all developed so nicely that I was instantly able to truly care and relate to them. My favorite character was definitely "Verity", because she was just so feisty and full of unapologetic sarcasm and attitude. I love a good, snarky character- and Verity was just that! 

I must say that some of the more technical parts left me rather confused. Anytime she mentioned any function within an airplane, I was instantly lost. And all the different acronyms or ranks or offices are still jumbled together in my mind. But these are all things that aren't necessarily essential to understanding the plot. 

I found the overall story of this book- two best friends trying to make it through a war- to be so inspiring and sweet. I love it when a story feature a true, female friendship, because they're so often portrayed as catty or spiteful, and seeing Verity and Kittyhawk's devoted friendship was really nice. 

So I would recommend this book to you if you're willing to sit back and take your time reading this novel, because it is worth it. It's beautifully written and beautifully plotted, and the author really knows what she's talking about. It might take you a few pages to get used to the writing and to understand what's exactly going on, but once you do, it all comes together. I hope you give Code Name Verity a try! 


  1. I have a different version of code name verity. I read it quite a while back, but I remmeber it being haunting and scary.

    A.S. Damea @

    1. Hm... I wouldn't really think of it as scary, but I guess I can see how you might've thought that, what with the interrogations and everything.


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